John Alan Bradbury

John Alan Bradbury DVM (Brad), 96, died peacefully on May 8, 2019). Born September 9, 1922, in Coffeyville, Kansas, he was the son of Frank and Maude (Coverdale) Bradbury. Brad was an Eagle Scout who graduated from Field McKinley High School. He attended Coffeyville Community College and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.  He was a member of Blue Key and Beta Theta Phi Fraternity. In his senior year he was President of the Junior American Veterinary Medical Association. Brad was a First Lieutenant in the Veterinary Corps during WWII, serving in France, Austria and Germany.  On his return from Europe, he was a USDA meat inspector for Armour Meat Packing Co. and practiced veterinary medicine in Kansas City, MO.  In 1948, he married Rosemary Atzenweiler, moved to Topeka, KS, and established the Gage Boulevard Animal Hospital, providing veterinary service for Topeka until his retirement in 1985.

He was appointed to The Kansas State Board of Health by Governor George Docking. He was a longtime member of St. David’s Episcopal Church and Topeka Country Club.

Brad was a sportsman who loved the outdoors. He enjoyed downhill skiing and was a charter member of the Topeka Ski Club. He also enjoyed horseback riding and was an early member of the Topeka Round-Up Club. He spent many hours on his grandfather’s ranch in Oklahoma and experienced the beauty of the Flint Hills on horseback.  He liked boating and water skiing, and he loved to play golf. He shared all of these outdoor activities with his family.

Brad was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary. He is survived by his three children, Marsha, Steve (Nicki) and Dana, five grandchildren Mitchell (Julia), Megan (Eric), Christopher, Ashley (Austin), and Madison, five great grandchildren and is expecting a sixth.

Memorial services will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Topeka, on Thursday, May 16th at 10:30 am. Visitation with the family and refreshments will be provided at the church after the service. Private internment will be in St. David’s courtyard and the family plot in Coffeyville. KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hands Humane Society at 5720 SW 21 St., Topeka, KS 66604 or Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice at 3715 SW 29th, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66614.

12 “John Alan Bradbury

  1. Mr. Bradbury, it was a honor to know you. You inspired me to be the best caregiver I can be. I thank God for the time I was given to be of servitude to you Sir. You will be missed.

  2. Alan and I first became friends when he and his wife moved in to their apartment #220 in what is now known as The Evergreens. Doris and I were then living in Apartment #320 in the same building directly above Alan and Rosemary. We thought a good way to begin a relationship was to drop a message on a cord down to their balcony with a Welcome Message, waving in back and forth until they saw it. After they noticed it they sent a return message by a similar route when we hauled the return message up to our level. We all had good chuckles about this method of communication. Later when Alan and I became members of the exercise class we discovered that we both were Eagle Scouts and both played the clarinet. Then we both were humorists of sort. Alan said he liked bananas” Why: They have “a peel.” I became acquainted with his daughter, Marsha, who made frequent trips from Lincoln to see her Dad.
    I was blessed to see Marsha, and her brother Steve, in Alan’s room in Eagle Ridge in Alan’s last days. I shared some of these bits of info with them. I want to wish God’s great condolences upon all of Alan’s family. He was a wonderful man,. I loved him very much and will miss him a great deal.

  3. To my dear friend, Dana. I am so sorry to read the obituary about your father this morning. You and your family have my sympathy and prayers. God bless you,

  4. Thoughts and prayers to your family. I remember an 8 mm film my dad took of Brad and our boxer Timmie playing in our back yard on Sena Drive. My wife and I were married in the same church Rosie went to in KC. Brad was a wonderful vet and a wonderful person. Peace to all.

    Scott & Kathy’s Kennedy

  5. We have many fond memories of the Bradbury family! Dr. Bradbury took wonderful care of our beloved family dog, Honeybear. Condolences to the Bradbury family on the loss of your father.

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